MEMPHIS, TN – 20-year-old Rodney Mcatee is on the run after allegedly shooting his girlfriend and mother of five, Brittany Starks.
Shelby County Sheriff’s Office has an active warrant out for Rodney Mcatee. He is deemed armed and dangerous and wanted for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
Memphis Police reported he is wanted for questioning in the investigation of the shooting of his girlfriend, Brittany Starks.
Family members of Starks say Mcatee is the one who shot her in the chest with a high-powered weapon. Starks is in a fight for her life at the intensive care unit ICU in Regional One Health. Localabc24 interviewed Starks’ sister Brianna Hawthorne who said:
“He shot her in the chest just two centimeters above her heart. She tried to end the relationship with her boyfriend, and he decided that he was going to end her life.”
Local ABC24 posted the story on facebook.
The family reportedly identified the high-powered weapon as an AK-47.
Deborah Hall-Burrows said:
“The people that know her, they know that’s she’s a sweet hearted person, soft spoken the whole 9 yards…and for this to happen to her this is really, really a shame.”
HAVE YOU SEEN HIM? There’s an active warrant out for Rodney Mcatee. Memphis Police say he is wanted for questioning in the shooting of his girlfriend, Brittany Starks in front of her children. Starks was shot in the chest Monday. She’s currently in ICU. @LocalMemphis pic.twitter.com/I4f5GK4Z4L
— Annette E. Peagler (@Local24Annette) July 2, 2020
Brittany Starks’ mother, Demetria Hughes, wanted other to know:
“If you’re in a relationship and you’re feeling threatened or you feel as if he is separating you from your family or anything like that. Try to get help.”
Mcatee turned the AK-47 on Starks in front of her children, the children were unharmed. The SCSO is now actively searching for Mcatee who has a history of abuse and a criminal history.
According to NEWS3, the police reported Starks called 911 with a bullet wound in her chest. Earlier that evening a call for service was made at Starks’ residence.
At that time, she told officers she did not need assistance because her boyfriend [Rodney] had left. This time, Starks’ was wounded with a bullet wound in her chest from a shooting committed by her boyfriend when he returned later that night. Starks’ five children were home at the time of the shooting.
None of the kids were injured.
Memphis Police identified the shooting suspect as Rodney Mcatee, 20-year-old, 6-foot-5, 170 pounds, African American wearing dreads. He was last reported as seen driving a four-door gray Cadillac. Police say he is wanted for aggravated assault and a warrant has been issued. NEWS 3 posted the story on their twitter feed.
— Annette E. Peagler (@Local24Annette) July 2, 2020
Brittany’s family is advocating for an end to domestic violence and justice for Brittany Starks. Family members feel Rodney should be charged for what he did. Brianna Hawthorne, Brittany’s sister said:
“We want justice for Brittany. That’s what this is about. Justice for Brittany.”
In an interview with NEWS3, Brittany’s mother, Demetria Hughes said: “He intimidated her, the kids. He couldn’t live with her so he made sure that he made it perfectly clear that your life would be a living hell.”
The Memphis Police and Shelby County Sheriff’s Office request that if anyone has information that leads to Mcatee’s whereabouts to contact them immediately. No leads as to Mcatee’s whereabouts has been reported. There are on comments from Brittany Starks at this time.
Meanwhile, also as reported by ABC 24, another Shelby County man was indicted for the stabbing deaths of his former girlfriend and their five-month-old son last year. The mother and child were found inside their burning house last year, according to Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich.
Enoch Zarceno Turner, 25, was indicted on charges of first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse, aggravated arson, and especially aggravated burglary.
Last September 13, sheriff’s deputies were called to a residence, where family members found the house filled with smoke.
Upon making their way upstairs, emergency responders found Heather Cook, 32, and her son Bentley dead of multiple stab wounds. They found that the fire, the origin of which was determined to be in the bedroom, was intentionally set, according to the fire marshal. Relatives said that the couple had been involved in an argument over child custody issues. Turner was arrested later that day.
ABC 24 said that the case is being prosecuted by Eric Christensen, Chief Prosecutor of the District Attorney’s Special Victims Unit, which deals with cases of rape, child sex abuse, severe physical abuse of child victims, elder abuse, and vulnerable adult abuse.
Co-prosecuting is Paul Hagerman, Chief Prosecutor of the District Attorney’s Crime Strategies &Narcotics Prosecution Unit. This unit is involved with the Multi-Agency Gang Unit, the Organized Crime Unit, Project Safe Neighborhoods/GunDone, GunStat, the Safe Streets Task Force and the Violent Crime Unit. In other words, it does not appear that any deals will be made with Turner.
Cook’s family released the following statement to ABC 24 News:
“Our family is relieved to hear of the indictment of Enoch Zarceno Turner in the murders of our beloved family members Heather Renee Cook and her baby, Bentley Evan Cook, both of Memphis, Tennessee. Heather was a devoted single mother of five-month-old Bentley, who had just begun his life.
“We are grateful that Mr. Turner has been formally indicted for the murders of Heather and Bentley Cook. We see this as a step forward in seeking justice for the murders of our loved ones. We have confidence that Mr. Christensen and Mr. Hagerman will prove his guilt beyond a shadow of a doubt. Justice will be served.”
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